Appetizers are a great start to any gathering with family and friends. They open the appetite and keep your guests sustained while they wait for the main course.  Try any one of these appetizers over a conversation and some great wine.

Phyllo Pastry Bites

Little Phyllo Pastry Bites, Big Taste These little Phyllo Pastry Bites will satisfy family and friends while they wait for you to serve the main course.  Puff pastry is so versatile that you can make endless appetizers and some really cool desserts. So if you are looking for a tasty appetizer?  Look no further, try...

Easy Pizza Bread

Crazy Easy Pizza Bread Last summer, we were on our way back from our vacation at Sherkston Shores Resort.  It’s  what I would refer to as glamorous trailer park sitting on Lake Erie. We had a great week with fantastic weather.  We got home at around 12:00 pm and I’m just not feeling like putting...

Grilled Calamari

Who doesn’t like calamari? Deep fried calamari or grilled calamari, you won’t be able to pass these by… This version is for a Grilled Calamari. Marinated in olive oil, lemon juice and white wine vinegar, these will make a great addition as an appetizer or as an entree to any meal. Guaranteed to be a...

The Best Italian Arancini di Riso (Rice Balls)

Arancini (Rice Balls) These Italian Arancini are stuffed with Prosciutto, Sun-dried Tomatoes and Mozzarella Cheese. And, yes, these are the ingredients that comfort food is made from. So what are Arancini?  They are an Italian delight.  They come in large 3-4″ rounds or small 2″ rounds.  Made of rice and often stuffed with a ground...

Fluffy Italian Zucchini Fritters (Pancakes)

Easy Zucchini Fritters Thanks to my Mom for passing down this recipe for Zucchini Fritters. A delicious side dish made of wholesome ingredients, like fresh zucchini, parmesan cheese, parsley and eggs. Trust me that once you try this recipe for Zucchini Fritters, you will be able to use up all those zucchini from your garden...

Homemade Crispy Fried Calamari

Crispy Fried Calamari These Homemade Crispy Fried Calamari aren’t as hard to make at home as you might think.  With just a little bit of flour, salt and squid rings, you’ll be licking your lips in no time. Is there anyone who doesn’t like Fried Calamari?  Not that you know of, right? They are great...

Planning for breakfast can be stressful especially when time is limited. In this section you will find some breakfast recipes that you can make ahead or make on a lazy Sunday morning.

Healthy Berry Chia Seed Pudding

Healthy Chia Seed Pudding This healthy Berry Chia Seed Pudding is a great breakfast for those of you who struggle to put a breakfast together in the morning. I like to make this chia seed pudding the night before because the chia seeds rest and expand and by the time morning comes along it has...

Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins

Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins These Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins have to be the most delicious and moist muffins ever.  Most importantly, they are a healthy and nutritious version of the regular chocolate muffin. Not to mention that their is a secret ingredient in these muffins that will give you a little protein boost. Yup that’s...

Amazing Blueberry Crumble Muffins

The Most Amazing Blueberry Crumble Muffins There is no other way to describe these Amazing Blueberry Crumble Muffins than to say that they are super moist and delicious. Filled with goodness and wholesome ingredients, you won’t be able to put them down or eat just one. A very healthy muffin and not your traditional blueberry...

Best Ever Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Pumpkin Spice Muffins Next to cinnamon and chocolate, pumpkin spice has got to be the next best thing in the muffin category.  These have got to be the Best Ever Pumpkin Spice Muffins I have ever made. These Pumpkin Spice Muffins are made with wholesome ingredients including pumpkin puree which makes them so moist and...

Healthy and Creamy Ricotta Pancakes

Creamy Ricotta Pancakes If you like pancakes then you will  absolutely LOVE these Healthy  Creamy Ricotta Pancakes.  Made with wholesome ingredients, these Creamy Ricotta Pancakes make a great breakfast idea for you and the whole family. Serve these delicious bundles of joy with a dollop of butter and your favorite maple syrup! Tips and Tricks...

From cakes to muffins to cookies.  You will find everything you consider to be a dessert in this section. Easy, medium and difficult recipes are included for those who are looking for something easy to make or for those looking for something challenging to make.

Amazing White Chocolate Raspberry Cake

Amazing White Chocolate Raspberry Cake This recipe was inspired by a White Chocolate Raspberry Cake that was purchased at a local supermarket.  The occasion? My daughter’s birthday. A friend bought this cake for her party out at a restaurant. Of course, she brought home leftover White Chocolate Raspberry Cake for us and, well, I just...

Yummy S’Mores Cups

What can I say?  Give me S’mores! Just like the real thing, but without the hassle of a camp fire.  Everyone will loves these  S’mores and they will want more.  A great little treat to make ahead for a party or to bring to a gathering. Now before you scroll down to the recipe, I...

Easy Italian Tiramisu Recipe

Italian Tiramisu Recipe Tell me who doesn’t like Tiramisu? Tiramisu is a coffee-flavored Italian dessert. This Italian Tiramisu Recipe is made from ladyfingers dipped in coffee, layered with a whipped mixture of eggs, sugar, and mascarpone cheese, flavored with cocoa.  Who can resist cream, coffee and sugar together with lady fingers? Not I, said the...

Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins

Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins These Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins have to be the most delicious and moist muffins ever.  Most importantly, they are a healthy and nutritious version of the regular chocolate muffin. Not to mention that their is a secret ingredient in these muffins that will give you a little protein boost. Yup that’s...

Old Fashioned Bow-tie Cookies

Bow-Tie Cookies I’ve always been mesmerized when I go to a baby or bridal shower and see these Bow-tie Cookies. Wondered how did they get those little pastries to resemble a bow-tie? How did they make those? They look so delicate. Are they baked? Are they hard to make? Sometimes they come out at Christmas...

Amazing Blueberry Crumble Muffins

The Most Amazing Blueberry Crumble Muffins There is no other way to describe these Amazing Blueberry Crumble Muffins than to say that they are super moist and delicious. Filled with goodness and wholesome ingredients, you won’t be able to put them down or eat just one. A very healthy muffin and not your traditional blueberry...

Apple Crumble Cheesecake

Cheesecake or Apple Crumble I’m not quite sure where to start except to say that if you like cheesecake and you like apple crumble, then you will absolutely adore this combination of Apple Crumble Cheesecake. I have to admit that I was a little nervous about making this cheesecake, thinking what if the apples are...

Simple Nutella Cookie Recipe

Easy Nutella Cookie Recipe I can tell you from experience that growing up Nutella was a staple in my house, right next to the butter, eggs and white toast bread.  So what’s better than Nutella? The answer is Nutella Cookies! Hints of chocolate and hazelnut will fill your home while you bake these this holiday...

Delicious Maple Walnut Cookies

Maple Walnut Shortbread Cookies One thing about living in the great north is that there is no shortage of maple syrup. Maple syrup and crushed walnuts are what makes these Delicious Maple Walnut Cookies the star of any cookie platter. As I write this post, I recall the sent of maple filling my house as...

No. 1 Best Ginger Snap Cookies

No. 1 Easiest Ginger Snap Cookies I love these Ginger Snap Cookies because they smell so good as they are baking and taste even better once they are out of the oven and cool enough too eat. These Ginger Snap Cookies are very easy to make.  If you have a stand mixer, use it.  Otherwise...

Easy Amaretto Cookies

Easy Amaretto Cookies If you have never had an Amaretto Cookie, they are like a little cloud of heaven. Light and fluffy, sweet, nutty and delicious.  This is an Easy Amaretto Cookie recipe that takes you from start to finish using one bowl. Rest assured that who ever tries one of these Amaretto Cookies will...

Amazing Peanut Brittle

Amazing Peanut Brittle Who doesn’t like Peanut Brittle?  The perfect candy for adults – sticky, sweet and nutty! This Amazing Peanut Brittle makes a great addition to any holiday baking platter. Don’t be scared by the instructions, this peanut brittle recipe is so easy to make and delicious. Just follow the instructions to a “T”...

The Best Coconut Macaroons

The Best Coconut Macaroons These are by far the Best Coconut Macaroons and are so simple to make that a toddler could make them with their eyes closed.  Made with less than 6 (six) ingredients these Coconut Macaroon Cookies will be ready as fast as one, two, and three… Not only are these the Best...

Don’t Break My Heart Orange Cranberry Cookies

Don’t Break My Heart Orange Cranberry Cookies I call these “don’t break my heart” Orange Cranberry Cookies mostly because they are cookies baked in the shape of a heart and it’s just cute to add a little spin on a cookie name.  These Orange Cranberry cookies make a great cookie to add to your Christmas...

Amazing Italian Butter Cookies

Amazing Italian Butter Cookies This is a traditional Italian Butter Cookie recipe.  The difference between shortbread cookies and this recipe is that Italian Butter cookies are made adding eggs, which somehow makes them richer as opposed to regular shortbread cookies that are made with butter, sugar and flour alone and not eggs. Try this recipe...

Chocolate Beet Cake

Amazingly Moist Chocolate Beet Cake Why Beets? I know, you are going to say what? Beet? Yup! I bet you would have never in a million years thought of making a cake out of beets.  Believe it or not, beets are a great way to add the color red into a cake instead of using...

5 Step Easy Cherry Pie Recipe

Easy Cherry Pie Recipe Don’t you love an easy recipe that is going to get everyone’s attention? This recipe will do just that! It’s one of my favorites because it’s simple to make and everyone loves it because it tastes wonderful! This is one of those desserts that I bring to every gathering and  quite...

Best Ever Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Pumpkin Spice Muffins Next to cinnamon and chocolate, pumpkin spice has got to be the next best thing in the muffin category.  These have got to be the Best Ever Pumpkin Spice Muffins I have ever made. These Pumpkin Spice Muffins are made with wholesome ingredients including pumpkin puree which makes them so moist and...

Drink recipes?  Ya, your probably thinking why do I need a recipe for drinks?  Simple, if you entertain, you will want to make something a little special particularly for the ladies.  And guys, there might not be something here for your yet, but it’s coming. I promise!

Simple Red or White Wine Sangria Spritzer

Easy Red or White Wine Sangria Another weekend gone by and a new work week started!  I had some guests over a few weeks ago and I decided to experiment a little to make two versions of Sangria.  I made a white wine sangria and the other was a red wine sangria. Whether it is...

5 Step Easy Cherry Pie Recipe

Easy Cherry Pie Recipe Don’t you love an easy recipe that is going to get everyone’s attention? This recipe will do just that! It’s one of my favorites because it’s simple to make and everyone loves it because it tastes wonderful! This is one of those desserts that I bring to every gathering and  quite...

In this section you will find delicious dinner or lunch recipes that your family will absolutely love.  From Italian to American dishes, there is something in the section for everyone.

Yummy Lentil Soup

Yummy Lentil Soup Is there anything better than a warm, hearty and satisfying soup to come into from the cold? Well, that is what this Lentil Soup will do.  It will satisfy your whole family. I made this Lentil Soup for the first time last year after I saw my friends order it out at...

Easy Roasted Chicken Wings

Easy Roasted Chicken Wings Everyone loves Chicken Wings, right?  They are a great snack for Sunday game night or as part of a cozy family dinner. These Roasted Chicken Wings aren’t fried like in restaurants, instead these wings are roasted. For this recipe I’m sharing with you today, I’ve developed three flavors that have worked...

Easy Chilli Con Carne

Easy Chilli Con Carne There is nothing better than having a nice warm bowl of this Chilli Con Carne on a cold winter’s day. Loaded with hearty vegetables, meat and a delicious broth, this Chilli Con Carne will keep you satisfied until your next meal. I’ve tried this recipe in both a slow cooker and...

The Best Pulled Pork

The Best Pulled Pork Dinner You will Ever Make This has to be the Best Pulled Pork recipe that I have ever tried and it is a simple meal you can set and forget. The pork shoulder works better if you want a leaner cut of pork. But you can use a pork butt roast...

Easy Mushroom Risotto

Porcini Mushroom Risotto This is one of those recipes that is made with love over the stove top. But, if you are looking for something quick, this is not the dinner to make tonight. For this recipe, patience is truly a virtue.  The gentle and slow cooking of this Porcini Mushroom Risotto is well worth...

Roasted Lamb Shanks

Roasted Lamb Shanks There is nothing more extravagant than Roasted Lamb Shanks for a special dinner.  Lamb doesn’t come cheap and if you are making them, you’ve probably invited some very special people over for the dinner. To be honest, this easy Roasted Lamb Shank Recipe makes a great dinner for two on a night...

Amazing Italian Braised Rabbit Recipe

Italian Style Braised Rabbit – Coniglio Bianco This Italian Braised Rabbit recipe is definitely something different from the regular chicken go-to dinner.  That’s a good thing because sometimes trying to find new things to make can be challenging. We always seem to alternate through the regular dinners we make that include chicken, fish, and pasta....

Easy Beef Stew Recipe

The Easiest Beef Stew Recipe With January just around the corner, this hearty Classic Easy Beef Stew Recipe will warm you up when you are coming in from out of the cold.  This Easy Beef Stew Recipe gets an A+ from everyone in my family and it’s so easy to make.  It will be ready...

Easy Seafood Risotto Recipe

The Most Delicious Seafood Risotto Recipe This is one of those recipes that is made with love over the stove top. But, if you are looking for something quick, this is not the dinner to make tonight. For this recipe, patience is truly a virtue.  The gentle and slow cooking of this Easy Seafood Risotto...

Easy Ground Pork Rotolo (Roll)

Easy Ground Pork Rotolo Do you ever sit there and wonder “what am I going to make tonight”? Or “what can I make that’s simple and I can get in the oven in 10 minutes?”  Well, I’ve got this easy Ground Pork Rotolo recipe that will knock your socks off. This recipe is so simple,...

Easy Bolognese Sauce (Meat Sauce)

Bolognese Sauce What’s better than a tangy Tomato Bolognese Sauce to top pasta or a plate of Gnocchi? (pronounced NEE-OKI) Bolognese Sauce has got to be the heartiest of all pasta sauces.  It’s like literally an entree and second put together all in one.  You can use any type of ground meat to make a...

Simple Orange Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner

Orange Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner This Orange Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner is great for when you want to make something delicious or you’re in a hurry, you want to cut your cleaning time and cut your time in the kitchen. It’s also versatile in that you can swap out the brussel sprouts for any vegetable...

Easy Roasted Chicken Dinner

Easy Roasted Chicken Dinner This Easy Roasted Chicken Dinner is by far the easiest meal to make, if you live a busy life like me.  You want to take the opportunity to whip up a good meal that doesn’t require a lot of effort. And let’s face it some times that’s hard.Whether it’s the summer...

Easy Egg Casserole (Frittata)

Easy Egg Casserole Looking for something easy and healthy to make for breakfast. This Easy Egg Casserole is the perfect meal for Good Friday or any other day you don’t want to eat meat. Full of protein and wholesome ingredients, this Easy Egg Bake will be ready in no time.  Personalize this egg bake any...

My Momma’s Homemade Lasagna Recipe

Homemade Lasagna Recipe Every Italian knows that there is nothing like Momma’s Homemade Lasagna.  I can tell you that every time I make it, there are no leftovers. And, because it’s my momma’s recipe, no one makes it better than my one and only mom. Note that not everyone adds boiled eggs to their lasagna,...

Fool Proof Homemade Pizza Dough PIzza

Fool Proof Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe You want to make homemade pizza, but you have never made your own dough.  Don’t worry, I’ve got your covered. This is the most amazing fool proof homemade pizza dough recipe I’ve ever come across.  It’s quick and you can either make it by hand or use a stand...

Easy Herb Crusted Pork Rib Roast

Herb Crusted Pork Roast If I told you that this Herb Crusted Pork Rib Roast is easy to prepare and will be in the oven in less than 15 minutes would you believe me?  Well, whether you believe me or not it will. It seems that I’m always struggling to find something to make on...

Italian Style Rice in the Oven (Riso al Forno)

Rice in the Oven (Riso al Forno) This is not your traditional Risotto.  This is a traditional Italian Style Rice in the Oven or Riso al Forno.  Recipe compliments of my dear mom a passionate and wonderful cook. And while you might think how does one make risotto in the oven, if it can be...

Easy Marinara Sauce

Easy Marinara Sauce What else speaks Italian than a mildly tangy tomato sauce.  This Marinara Sauce recipe is the perfect companion to my Arancini Recipe or to a plate of pasta or gnocchi. This sauce is so easy and simple to make and tastes great. In fact, this Marinara Sauce is so incredibly easy to...

The Best Italian Arancini di Riso (Rice Balls)

Arancini (Rice Balls) These Italian Arancini are stuffed with Prosciutto, Sun-dried Tomatoes and Mozzarella Cheese. And, yes, these are the ingredients that comfort food is made from. So what are Arancini?  They are an Italian delight.  They come in large 3-4″ rounds or small 2″ rounds.  Made of rice and often stuffed with a ground...

Simple Bacon Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Bacon Roasted Brussel Sprouts Brussel Sprouts are definitely a change from roasted potatoes or broccoli.  These Bacon Roasted Brussel Sprouts are tasty and easy to make. Your family will love them. I’ve made these brussel sprouts with both bacon and prosciutto.  Bacon and Prosciutto are virtually interchangeable and you’ll find prosciutto more in an Italian...

Simple Garlic Sauteed Rapini (Broccoli Rabe)

Sauteed Rapini (Broccoli Rabe) Sundried Tomatoes, Garlic and Kalamata Olives make this dish for Sauteed Broccoli Rabe (Rapini) a hit. This Sauteed Rapini (Broccoli Rabe) with Garlic is the perfect side if your are looking for something different from the regular broccoli or spinach you make. This is one of my all time favorite recipes...

Healthy Energy Bites

Healthy Energy Bites These Energy Bites are so really easy to make and make a great snack whether you are at home, work or on the road.  They are made with wholesome ingredients like nut or seed butter, oatmeal and shredded coconut. Even though the Energy Bites I made today did not include a sweet...

The Whole30 is an elimination diet that helps you to eliminate the foods that are scientifically proven to promote food triggers and create improvements in the areas of energy, sleep, digestion, mood, cravings, focus, anxiety, self-confidence, chronic pain or fatigue, athletic performance and recovery, and any number of other symptoms or medical conditions.

Easy Marinara Sauce

Easy Marinara Sauce What else speaks Italian than a mildly tangy tomato sauce.  This Marinara Sauce recipe is the perfect companion to my Arancini Recipe or to a plate of pasta or gnocchi. This sauce is so easy and simple to make and tastes great. In fact, this Marinara Sauce is so incredibly easy to...